Patricia Miranda

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Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography

Contact Information

601G Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-2905


Ph.D., 2008, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
M.P.H., 2003, University of Michigan School of Public Health
B.A., 2001, Sociology and Anthropology, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Research Interests

  • Social and cultural determinants of population health
  • Health disparities
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Latino populations
  • Cancer prevention

Professional Experience

2010-2011: Kellogg Health Scholars Program Annual Networking Meeting, Planning Committee, Member

2010: Outstanding New Community Public Health Professional, Awarded by the Latino Caucus of American Public Health Association

2010: Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology, University of Michigan School of Public Health: Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer (Dr. Robert Milikan, University of North Carolina) and Evolutionary Epidemiology (Dr. Randolph Nesse, University of Michigan)

2008-2010: Kellogg Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Health Disparities Research, Center for Research on Minority Health

Selected Publications

Miranda, Patricia Y., Anna V. Wilkinson, Carol J. Etzel, Renke Zhou, Lovell A. Jones, Patricia Thompson, Melissa L. Bondy. "Policy implications of early onset breast cancer among Mexican-origin women."  CANCER, published online August 31, 2010.

Miranda, Patricia Y., Amy J. Schulz, Barbara Israel, Hector M. Gonzalez. "Context of entry and number of depressive symptoms in an older Mexican-origin immigrant population."  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, published online ahead of print, February 3, 2010.

King, Denae W.*,Patricia Y. Miranda*, Beverly J. Gor, Robin Fuchs-Young, Janice A. Chilton, Richard Hajek, Amy Snipes, Isabel Torres, Maria A. Hernandez-Valero. "Addressing cancer health disparities using a global “biopsychosocial” approach." CANCER 2010; 116(2)264-269. *Co-first authors

Gerst, Kerstin, Patricia Y. Miranda, Karl Eschbach, Kristin M. Sheffield, M. Kristen Peek, Kyriakos S. Markides. "Protective neighborhoods: Neighborhood proportion Mexican American and depressive symptoms among very old Mexican Americans." Accepted with minor revisions August 24, 2010, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Gonzalez, Hector M., Wassim Tarraf, Brady T. West, Patricia Y.  Miranda "Antidepressant Use Among Asian Americans." Journal of Depression and Anxiety 2010; 27(1):46-55.

King, Denae W., Theresa M. Duello, Patricia Y. Miranda, Kelly P. Hodges, Andrea J. Shelton, Paul Chukelu, Lovell A. Jones. "Strategies for recruitment of health pre-menopausal women into the African-American Nutrition for Life (A NULIFE) Study." Journal of Women’s Health, 2010; 19(5):855-62.

Schulz, Amy J., James S. House, Barbara A. Israel, Graciela Mentz, J. Timothy Dvonch, Patricia Y. Miranda, Srimathi Kannan, Mary Koch. "Relational pathways between socioeconomic position and cardiovascular risk in a multiethnic urban population: Complexities and their implications for improving health in economically disadvantaged populations." Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2008; 62(7):638-646.

Zenk, Shannon N., Amy J. Schulz, Graciela Mentz, James S. House, Clarence C. Gravlee, Patricia Y. Miranda, Patricia Miller, Srimathi Kannan. "Inter-rater and test-retest reliability: Methods and results for the neighborhood observational checklist." Health & Place 2007; 13(2): 452-465.

Miranda, Patricia Y., Hector M. Gonzalez, Wassim Tarraf. "Trends in breast cancer screening and ethnicity in the United States: Implications for healthcare disparities." Under review, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

Miranda, Patricia Y., Hector M. Gonzalez, Wassim Tarraf. "Pathways between Acculturation and Health: Does the Measure Matter?" Under review, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.

Curriculum Vitae

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Center Affiliations

  • Center for Health Care and Policy Research

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest